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TheKize reviewed X-Men #20 Jun 1, 2021
9.0

This series almost never fails to deliver, but when it picks up on subplots seeded back in House of X, it really succeeds. This issue is one of those.

X-Men #20

By: Jonathan Hickman, Francesco Mobili
Released: May 26, 2021

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Rated T+

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TheKize reviewed Action Comics #1031 Jun 1, 2021
7.5

The refugee story in this issue mirrors somewhat recent politics in an interesting way, while reinforcing Mongul's status as a significant and formidable Superman villain.

Action Comics #1031

By: Becky Cloonan, Michael Avon Oeming
Released: May 26, 2021

“Warworld Rising” part two! After a war-torn battleship escapes Warworld and makes the perilous journey to Earth, Superman searches for answers about the identities of its mysterious refugees and their apparent link to the planet Krypton. Could there be other Kryptonians in the universe? Meanwhile, Atlantean scientists study the wreckage of the...

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TheKize reviewed Batman/Superman #18 Jun 1, 2021
9.0

While this feels mainly like a vehicle to play around in some alternate timelines based on the 40's Superman and Batman movie serials, the events of the present-day main DC Universe are still quite interesting too! Ivan Reis may be doing career best work here.

Batman/Superman #18

By: Gene Luen Yang, Jos Lus
Released: May 26, 2021

The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel are on a mission to stop the godlike Auteur.io from destroying the pocket worlds he’s created...but where on Earth did Auteur.io even come from? The answer starts not on Earth at all, but with an ancient cult of World Forger worshippers on a planet far away-and if our heroes are to have a prayer of stopping th...

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TheKize reviewed Strange Adventures #10 Jun 1, 2021
8.0

I'm still reserving judgment on the series as a whole until its conclusion, but Tom King and the gang certainly did a nice job with the pacing and intrigue in this issue!

Strange Adventures #10

By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads
Released: May 26, 2021

Once upon a time on Rann, Adam Strange made a deal with his neighbors and foes to take a stand against the invading Pykkts. Now, on Earth, he is trying to do the same thing: to get all the heroes to rise as one to keep the marauders from doing to his home planet what they already did to his adopted one. But the original deal was a devil’s bargain...

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TheKize reviewed Justice League #61 May 24, 2021
6.5

One of the best stories DC is publishing...the Justice League Dark backups, that is. The headline story is a little better this month than it has been, but the only reason to plop down $5 a month for this series remains the Merlin story by Ram V and Xermanico. The library scene this issue contains an amazing concept both in story and its artistic presentation.

Justice League #61

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Xermanico
Released: May 19, 2021

The new Justice League is trapped on a world devastated by a super-powered war, and Brutus hungers for a new home of his own-our Earth! With their powers gone haywire, the League must fight their way out of a post apocalyptic Thunderdome of depravity and desperation. On the run with Batman, Naomi learns more dark secrets of her birth world’s brok...

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TheKize reviewed Wonder Girl #1 May 20, 2021
7.0

Joelle Jones does the art on this, so you know it looks amazing. The downside is that all of her writing ticks are here as well, featuring strained narrative across long stretches of pages and one-liners that feel forced. This series will need an extra dose of urgency in its plotting in order to live up to the potential of its promising lead character.

Wonder Girl #1

By: Joelle Jones
Released: May 19, 2021

The story of Yara Flor starts here!
Raised in the faroff land of Boise, Idaho, Yara Flor has always felt something was missing from her life-and now she is headed to Brazil to find it. Little does she know her arrival will set off a series of events that will change the world of Wonder Woman forever. Her return has been prophesied, and wit...

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TheKize reviewed Nightwing #80 May 20, 2021
7.5

This run of Nightwing looks beautiful and couldn't be better in tone. Some of Redondo's action sequences this issue are breaktaking in their innovation. If I have a gripe, it's that the story of this arc feels too small. I love the hangout time we get to spend with Dick, Barbara, and Tim, but the conflict and villain so far just aren't compelling.

Nightwing #80

By: Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo
Released: May 19, 2021

Dick Grayson’s always had a big heart. From protecting those persecuted by bullies in his youth, to combating evil alongside Batman as Robin, to pledging his newly inherited wealth to enriching Blüdhaven as Nightwing-his kindness and generosity have always guided his life. But now a new villain stalks the back alleys of Blüdhaven, removing the ...

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TheKize reviewed Catwoman #31 May 20, 2021
7.5

V, Blanco, and Bellaire are dependable as always in this issue that has all the charm of the third act of a heist film.

Catwoman #31

By: Ram V, Fernando Blanco
Released: May 19, 2021

Catwoman and Shoes have crashed Mr. Roy’s home art gallery opening, but they aren’t there to nick a Klimt or a Monet. No, they’re after the newest addition to Mr. Roy’s esteemed collection: a large test tube containing Poison Ivy! But how did Pamela get in this predicament in the first place, what was done to her, and why does she seem...di...

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TheKize reviewed Fantastic Four: Life Story #1 May 20, 2021
7.0

Given the provocative work Mark Russell tends to put out, I expected something with more teeth than the perfectly nice FF origin story once again retold here. It's good enough, but in this first issue, the series hasn't yet differentiated itself from the multiple remixes of these characters we've gotten in comics and movies in the past 15 years.

Fantastic Four: Life Story #1

By: Mark Russell, Sean Izaakse
Released: May 19, 2021

In the tradition of SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY, and in celebration of the FF's 60th Anniversary, comes this series setting the lives of the fabulous foursome in real time across the years!
Amid the backdrop of the Cold War and the Space Race, a terrible accident gives the Fantastic Four great powers, a terrible secret, and entangles them in the his...

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TheKize reviewed Batman #108 May 17, 2021
8.0

Look, I as much as anyone thinks Miracle Molly has the dumbest outfit possible. I highly doubt she's the sensational character find of 2021. But in this issue we do see the plot moving forward in an interesting way, and I'm on board for what is essentially a Ghost-Maker manga in the backup story.

Batman #108

By: James Tynion IV, Jorge Jimenez
Released: May 5, 2021

Batman goes undercover to infiltrate the transhumanist gang known as the Unsanity Collective and learn more about their sudden appearance in Gotham. And what nefarious plans does Simon Saint have for Arkham Day survivor Sean Mahoney? How does it connect to the Magistrate?
And in part two of the action-packed, bone-rattling Ghost-Maker backu...

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TheKize reviewed Superman #31 May 17, 2021
6.5

This series continues to rely on padded out stories with a lot of ponderous narration, but this issue at least has a fairly good plot twist. I also suspect the building of the relationship between Superman and Jon we see here will pay off with what's been announced for later this summer in the Superman line.

Superman #31

By: Phillip K. Johnson, Sami Basri
Released: May 12, 2021

“The One Who Fell” part two! Thought to have been defeated long ago by Superman and his allies, the ancient Shadowbreed have returned in a horrifying new form, and Superman’s oldest ally has been assimilated into their ranks. As Jon and the besieged new Thakkramite leader search for the key that will help them defeat the creatures, Superman r...

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7.0

Just about every story is fun. Although, as with most of these anthologies, there's a lot of sameness here that keeps many of the shorts here from being memorable. The exception may be the Catwoman story, which seems to actually be a pivotal chapter in the Ram V/Fernando Blanco run.

DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration #1

By: Aniz Adam Ansari, Gurihiru
Released: May 12, 2021

Grab your favorite boba and pull a chair up to the dim sum table as we celebrate Asian Heritage Month with all your favorite Asian DC characters, old and new! Join Cassandra Cain, Katana, Green Lantern Tai Pham, the Atom, Dana Tan (a.k.a. Batman Beyond), Red Arrow, Lady Shiva, Damian Wayne and the al Ghul clan, New Super-Man, and more as we present...

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TheKize reviewed The Joker #3 May 13, 2021
9.0

A detective noir that shifts into a globe-trotting action-adventure featuring enough Courts of Owls and Banes to keep it firmly in the world of DC Comics Batman.

The Joker #3

By: Sam Johns, Mirka Andolfo
Released: May 12, 2021

The hunt for The Joker is under way, as Jim Gordon heads to a remote part of South America to run down a lead...and comes face-to-face with the Clown Prince of Crime himself! The mystery around A-Day deepens, but not before an attack by the blood-thirsty Sampson family!
And in the Punchline backup story, Punchline has to face off against th...

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TheKize reviewed Nightwing #79 Apr 29, 2021
8.0

Nothing but warmth and goodness coming from this phase of Dick Grayson comics. The bright and beautiful art couldn't match the story better!

Nightwing #79

By: Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo
Released: Apr 21, 2021

Dick Grayson has inherited Alfred’s fortune, a puppy, and a whole lot of questions. Who is Mayor Zucco, and what is her relation to the man who murdered Dick’s parents? What sinister plans does Blockbuster have for Blüdhaven? What kind of dog food is best for a three-legged puppy? To answer these questions, Dick’s going to need a little help...

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TheKize reviewed Catwoman #30 Apr 29, 2021
7.5

The Ram V/Fernando Blanco run of Catwoman features both a heavy dose of the colorful Gotham rogues gallery and a grounded, street-level story. It's the kind of Bat-adjacent comic you'd have gotten in the early 2000s, which is a high compliment in my book.

Catwoman #30

By: Ram V, Fernando Blanco
Released: Apr 21, 2021

The Riddler revealed that he knows details about Poison Ivy’s whereabouts. Now, after the Riddler has been gravely wounded, Catwoman brings him to be patched up by Alleytown’s less-than-scrupulous medics. Now on the mend, Riddler points Selina in Ivy’s direction-but is he telling the truth, or wrapping her up in another one of his riddles? Me...

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TheKize reviewed Batman/Superman #17 Apr 29, 2021
8.5

I'm continuing to love the film strip/movie serial story segments, and this issue adds a compelling conflict to the "real world" narrative as well.

Batman/Superman #17

By: Gene Luen Yang, Ivan Reis
Released: Apr 28, 2021

In a world where Superman’s rocket never reached Earth, the Dark Knight and his sidekick discover a startling rift between dimensions. On the other side? A world where Martha Wayne survived, and Bruce never grew up to be Batman! Not only that, but a strange alien has emerged from the rift who’s faster than a locomotive and can leap tall buildin...

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TheKize reviewed Action Comics #1030 Apr 29, 2021
7.0

Probably the strongest Phillip K. Johnson Superman issue so far. The direction of this series finally seems clear, and some context is given to the two-part Breach storyline that initially seemed like an odd way to open the run.

Action Comics #1030

By: Becky Cloonan, Michael Avon Oeming
Released: Apr 28, 2021

“Warworld Rising” starts here! A new chapter in Superman’s life begins as the challenges of Dark Nights: Death Metal are causing Clark Kent to feel...a change in his powers. Is it possible the Metropolis Marvel could be losing a step? His struggles in taking down the creatures from the Breach would suggest as much! If he’s going to continue...

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TheKize reviewed The Joker #2 Apr 21, 2021
8.5

Crime noir at its finest, steeped in Batman lore.

The Joker #2

By: Sam Johns, Mirka Andolfo
Released: Apr 14, 2021

As the dust settles on Arkham Asylum and tragic recent events, The Joker is the most wanted man in the world-and powerful forces are lining up around the globe to hunt him...but where exactly is the Clown Price of Crime? Jim Gordon, facing his twilight years haunted by the madman, knows where to start the hunt, and he’s been given the go-ahead to...

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TheKize reviewed The Joker #1 Apr 21, 2021
8.5

A series about the Joker?? That's a terrible idea! But, the (well known by now) secret is that this is a Jim Gordon book.

The Joker #1

By: James Tynion IV, Guillem March
Released: Mar 10, 2021

Following the events of Infinite Frontier #1, The Joker is the most wanted man in the world! But the Clown Prince of Crime is several steps ahead of law enforcement-and he’s on the run overseas. James Gordon, facing retirement, realizes this is the manhunt of his life and the last piece of a storied career…but what mysterious and deadly forces ...

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TheKize reviewed Thor #14 Apr 21, 2021
6.0

I'm loving the Cates/Klein run and had been really into this story, although this conclusion lacked in several significant ways. Donald Blake had been set up as a nigh unstoppable foe, yet he ends up being defeated rather simply. Also, the arc did a nice job making Blake a sympathetic character, but the fate he endures here comes across as incongruously cruel. Perhaps Cates and Klein have more in more

Thor #14

By: Donny Cates, Nic Klein
Released: Apr 14, 2021

THE FINALE OF "PREY" - AND THE FIGHT OF THOR'S LIFE!
All-Father Thor breaks out of his prison! But Donald Blake has amassed more power than the King of Asgard can know. One thing is certain: When the hammer comes down, only one man will remain standing. Big action and big stakes are the Donny Cates and Nic Klein special - but you've never seen ...

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TheKize reviewed Superman #30 Apr 21, 2021
5.5

It's...fine.

Superman #30

By: Phillip K. Johnson, Sami Basri
Released: Apr 14, 2021

Superman has received a signal from distant space. An old friend is in deep trouble, and only the Man of Steel can help him. By the time Superman and his son get there, though, the alien who sent the signal is nowhere to be found, and his people appear to be enthralled by a shamanistic storyteller who warns of an ancient grudge with the malevolent ...

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TheKize reviewed ENIAC #2 Apr 13, 2021
7.0

Eniac is a solid black ops thriller, and I'm certainly enjoying it. That said, the most exciting thing about the publisher Bad Idea so far has been its distribution model (print-only to select comic shops) and not its actual comic book stories.

ENIAC #2

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Released: Apr 7, 2021

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TheKize reviewed Tankers #1 Apr 13, 2021
7.0

The premise is highly clever, but if you've already heard the elevator pitch for this series, you're not going to discover much beyond that by reading the actual first issue. On the other hand, a T-Rex does get sawed in half.

Tankers #1

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Released: Apr 7, 2021

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TheKize reviewed Batman #107 Apr 13, 2021
7.0

If you missed out on last month's issue, this one almost makes for a better intro to the current arc. The opening montage of media talking heads briefing the reader on Gotham's latest set of troubles is very well done. Unfortunately, there's little here to advance the plot. Slow burns are well and good, but a monthly comic that feels like it's not moving forward gets frustrating pretty fast.

Batman #107

By: James Tynion IV, Jorge Jimenez
Released: Apr 7, 2021

Tensions are sky-high in Gotham City following the events at Arkham Asylum, and public opinion and unrest are starting to boil over. The Dark Knight has his hands full juggling the investigation of the reappearance of an old enemy and the rise of a new gang in Gotham called the Unsanity Collective...Gotham City is getting more dangerous by the minu...

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TheKize rated Detective Comics #1034 Apr 5, 2021
7.0

Detective Comics #1034

By: Mariko Tamaki, Gleb Melnikov
Released: Mar 24, 2021

DC Future State may be over-but the present looks tense! With the loss of his fortune and manor, the election of Mayor Nakano, and the growing anti-vigilante sentiment in Gotham, Bruce Wayne must rethink how to be Batman...or risk being left behind by his own city. To make matters worse, a catastrophic crime wave has taken hold of the city, culmina...

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TheKize reviewed X-Men #19 Apr 5, 2021
10

When cerebral sci-fi meets with poignant character beats in a Jonathan Hickman book, watch out. The two converge here in a completely satisfying way to make one of the best issues yet in the Krakoa era of X-comics.

X-Men #19

By: Jonathan Hickman, Mahmud Asrar
Released: Mar 31, 2021

ESCAPE FROM THE VAULT!
Rated T+

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8.0

As a satirist obviously targeting the most recent past president, Russell is a little overaggressive and simplistic here in how he portrays Lex's total control of the media. But as a Superman story in the Silver Age tradition, this book shines. It both takes advantage of the future setting as well as DC's publication history to deliver a classic that is easily one of Future State's best offerings.

Future State: Superman vs. Imperious Lex #3

By: Mark Russell, Steve Pugh
Released: Mar 31, 2021

Could the last days of Lexor be here already? Thanks to Lex Luthor’s greed, his adopted home is on the brink of financial and planetary ruin after leaving the United Planets. Now it’s up to Superman to act as a champion of these people and show them there’s a way through all of this. Will Lex stand down? Or is this the final showdown? The fut...

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TheKize reviewed Strange Adventures #9 Apr 1, 2021
5.5

At this point it's clear that while this is a decent story about the gray areas of morality in wartime, it's also something of a cynical deconstruction of a longtime DC hero. I'm not saying there are droves of Adam Strange fans out there or that I'm personally invested in him, but I wish King, Gerads, and Shaner could have found a way to make their point without executing a takedown of an establis more

Strange Adventures #9

By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads
Released: Mar 31, 2021

The Pykkts are attacking Earth. As the only warrior in all the cosmos to ever defeat them, Adam Strange leads the planet’s mightiest heroes in all-out war! The only thing is, evidence is mounting that Adam’s victory on Rann may not have been everything he says it was. There is time unaccounted for, circumstances left unexplained. Even Batman ha...

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TheKize reviewed Action Comics #1029 Mar 25, 2021
6.0

It was better than the first part in Superman #29, but it calls into question why this story needed to be spread across two issues to begin with. If Phillip K. Johnson's Superman/Action run ends up becoming a classic, this could eventually be looked back on as a nice introductory thesis statement.

The Midnighter backup story is an upgrade from the Tales of Metropolis Bibbo story in Supe more

Action Comics #1029

By: Becky Cloonan, Phil Hester
Released: Mar 24, 2021

“The Golden Age” reaches its conclusion in this issue that continues directly from Superman #29! Following an almost-deadly attack by an alien foe, the new Superman realizes that any threat could be the one! Neither Superboy nor Superman know what’s behind this latest attack. Two words: the Wall.
Plus, in an all-new backup “Tale of ...

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TheKize reviewed Batman/Superman #16 Mar 25, 2021
9.0

What starts as a fun throwback to 1940's movie serials turns into a brilliant use of the comic medium's form. Both Reis and Yang are operating at a high level here, far beyond what you'd expect from this title, which has historically been a bit of a bore under other creative teams. I can't wait to see what this run has in store!

Batman/Superman #16

By: Gene Luen Yang, Ivan Reis
Released: Mar 24, 2021

In the aftermath of Dark Nights: Death Metal, catch a glimpse of brave new worlds within the DC Universe...but what are these strange planets? As we delve into the parallel lives of the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight, we’ll meet new villains, new heroes, alternate realities, and a transdimensional collision that you will need to see to believe!...

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